What Triggers a Drug Relapse After Successfully Completing Rehab?

Last Updated: Jan 2nd 2020

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky

We would like to note that relapse is fairly common and those who are experiencing an alcohol or drug relapse in Pompano shouldn’t feel ashamed or guilty for the event. Instead, pick yourself back up and dust your proverbial self off. Every relapse and attempt to quit using gets you closer to your goal of sobriety as long as you understand that using again was a mistake.

Old Friends Who are a Bad Influence

More often than not, people who suffer from substance abuse and addiction will have friends who also use the same drugs. In this situation, when one of these people goes to a Pompano rehab center, the other will continue with his or her drug-using lifestyle.

After successfully going through a full rehab program, family and old friends will want to spend time with you and make sure you are doing well. However, if an old friend that you used to do drugs with visits with you, preventing relapse can be an especially difficult task. And that’s just from being around that person. If they offer the drug(s) to you and physically show it to you, keeping from an alcohol or drug relapse is nearly impossible.

Physical and Emotional Issues

This section might just sound like a catchall, but in reality there are a handful of very specific feelings that you need to fight off as best you can. These are hunger, anger, loneliness, and being tired. Keeping on top of being hungry or tired can be as simple as coming up with schedules that you are comfortable with and can adhere to for having meals ready and making sure your head hits your pillow at a reasonable time every night. Loneliness will take a little more effort on your part, but going to scheduled therapy sessions and group meetings offer a great way to spend time with other people who’re in similar situations that you can relate to.

On the other hand, your anger and other similar feelings will be mostly up to you to control. Letting too much negativity in will often lead to relapse in an attempt to feel good. Ex-addicts can quickly end up bargaining with themselves until they believe they have come up with a “good” excuse to use the drug again.  

Learning from Relapse

As implied before, relapsing with alcohol or drugs in Pompano doesn’t mean you have failed in your attempts, only that you’ve had a slight hiccup in your progress. After the relapse, take some time to figure out exactly what triggered such strong cravings. Once you have discovered what the trigger was, make a conscious effort to avoid it at all costs – at least for as long as you think you might be too tempted around it (or him, her, them, etc).

If you or a loved one has recently relapsed, you feel like you will soon, or you have any questions or concerns about alcohol and drug relapse in Pompano, Contact Us and we will be happy to help in any way we can. Many people look for Alcohol Detox Centers Near Me, and we can help you find one.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky

Brittany PolanskyBrittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is a Primary Clinician at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.